Grateful Dead Live at McArthur Court, University of Oregon on 1969-05-31
The encore has been moved out of order so this will fit onto 2 discs, but nothing was cut so you can restore its original order by moving Friend of Mine..Cosmic Charlie and the encore onto a 3rd disc.
Defects on Raw tracks (have to adjust for times of individual tracks):
(This was originally on three discs, one track per disc. These timings
refer to that configuration.)
d1t1 41:47 - static in right channel (in last words of o1)
d1t1 43:27-43:34 - right channel fades out (cryp reprise)
d1t1 43:35 - splice?
d1t1 43:37-43:41 - right channel fades out
d1t1 45:24 - back ground static (start of sittin)
d1t1 46:23 - little static in right channel
d2t1 3:40 - static in right channel (lovelight)
d2t1 4:14 - brief static in left channel
d2t1 4:44 - quiet background static in right channel?
d2t1 4:54 - brief background static in right channel
d2t1 8:15 - static in right channel
d2t1 9:28 - brief static in right channel
d3t1 0:00- - right channel very faint (friend of mine) (-1:56?) (dark star)
d3t1 0:54-0:57 - left channel dropout
d3t1 43:03 - splice (Rag/Cosmic)
d3t1 45:23 - left channel dropout
d3t1 45:42-45:53 - left channel very faint
d3t1 47:32-47:37 - left channel very faint
Subject: Where has the music gone?
Subject: 'Everything promised, is delivered to you'
Hard to Handle starts off strong, with the boys really in their prime. Cold Rain and Snow was still played at breakneck speed, and there follows some wonderful banter into a Yellow Dog Story. I love this period. Young, confident, and still surging headlong into the unknown. They're so playful, and you really get the campus vibe circa 1969. Just ten weeks before Woodstock, Green Grass feels perfect and is just a hoot! Going into MAMU they're just begining to pour the fuel on. Controlled chaos!
It's not controlled for long Cryptical > Drums > TOO > Reprise. That Cowboy Neal lyric is fierce. Top of the World is great, and Hurts Me Too is making the paint drip off my walls. Blistering. Love that solo. The intro to Baby Blue is unique, and Jerry just shines on this version. I agree with the other reviews, these may be some of the finest versions of Hurts Me Too, Baby Blue & He Was A Friend of Mine ever! Epic. Speaking of epic, Lovelight. Wow, grate raps. Like a cherry on top, Dark Star. But wait, Doin' That Rag burns, even if clipped, and the Charlie fade out just leaves me smiling.
Listen to it, stream it, or download it. There's no dud in the whole lot. With the Pranksters present, it's like everyone has to elevate their game. Summer of '69 ? 5 star all the way !
'There's more of us than them'
Subject: taking off 1 star for the annoying Yellow Dog story
Subject: Sweet Jeebus
After seven years and a lot more listening to shows on the Archive, I'll pile on with a few of the other commenters here. This is one of the best Dark Stars -- and arguably the very best -- of 1969.
For what it's worth, the long and mellow Friend of Mine, the Lovelight, the Hurts Me Too (!) and the Baby Blue are also magnificent. Even the Bid You Goodnite is sung with more than the usual feeling.
Plenty of great quotes and banter throughout but my favorite is Jerry's comment after "Bid You Goodnite": "That's your groove."
Subject: Strike another match start anew!
Jerry and Bobby sing like it is the end of the age.
It must be Ken who did the 'LEFT COAST' rap during LOVELIGHT at Woodstock?
Of course, we have the sheer amazing firepower of the Other One Suite (don't let that short-ish running time fool you!) and Dark Star, which I have to say sounds as good as any top five version of this epic I've heard played from '69.
But the real story here is Friend of Mine; at fifteen minutes or so, this is truly a special treasure, real Sunday-morning-sunrise-rocking-chair-smoke-and-coffee music. I love moments when the band find themselves restrained and yet able to jam at the same time. This old folky tune didn't have much of a future in the setlist, but performances like this are absolutely to treasure.
The Babbs stuff is great; if you haven't yet read Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, get to it, yo!
Subject: thank you
From here on they begin to evolve towards americana.. a year later they where the acoustic Dead
Subject: how do i download ths
Subject: Killer '69 Spring Tour
Subject: This is the captain speaking, prepare the rocket fuel for the faster than light drive...
TIFTOO rages. A week of great Lovelights(see 5/23, 5/24 in particular, and this one). These 3 versions often explode into intense jams, including some Caution-style jams reminiscent of the 4/22/69 Lovelight.
Others have highlighted the He Was A Friend Of Mine - they seemed to be playing extended versions of the song around this time with some sweet, mellow jams. I wonder if the emotion of this version was due to it being played in honor of a Prankster who was conspicuously absent from the evening's events - Neal Cassady.
Mid to late 69 is an interesting period for Dark
Star with some wonderful versions. It seems as if they have reached the peak maturity of the Live/Dead form and are starting to really traverse new territory and explore the open potential of the song. As the year progresses we hear them weaving in thematic jams that would lead into the 70s.
Cosmic Charlie is just a snippet but it's a soothing send off.
Subject: Live at McArthur Court, University of Oregon on 31. May 2010
I'm from London, England and I don't usually feel the need to comment on the recordings and performances, but I felt moved to say that the singing and playing on "He was A Friend Of Mine" is just very, very special for me. Jerry's playing on this song is exquisite, so light and gentle : a glorious experience for me!
Thank you to all those who've made possible this wonderful archive of the Dead's music.
Subject: HOLY MOLEY
Subject: babbs's flashback
Subject: are you FKN ' serious ?
fuck ups like the Pranksters are what gave LSD any rap at.
You my friend are a true moron .
This show rocks
H2H is kinda rough ,but, other than that a solid show .
They were ripping it up .
Subject: good ole San Francisco and the good ole Grateful Dead
A true gem > never heard it not on a casette
When i think 69 i think MacArthur
Long live slide whistle
Subject: it ain't no lie...
but beware: the cut at the end of (an excellent!) doin' that rag is absolutley gutting. and then you only get the final 15 seconds of cosmic charlie. rough on a guy if he's not expecting it...
Subject: Baggin on Babbs!
Subject: Aw man...
Check out the Dark Star if you don't believe me...
Subject: Good God!!
Green Grass is one of Weir's great moments on a stage. What a ballad! Everything else is just as splendid. Thanks again!!!! 19 SIXTY FINE!!!!
Subject: One of Jerrys Favs.
It seems he was a fixture at Hepurn Heights back in the day and everyonce in awhile Jerry would poke his head up out of the basement for a smoke and some conversation. After awhile he started slipping this guy some tapes. And this was one of them. My friend was surprised to learn that Jerry DID listen to his own shows, and just plain old raved about some of them.
Anyway it was one of his favorites too :))
Charlie if your out there tell us the whole story!!
Too much of everything, is just ENOUGH!
Subject: the "ice cream" show
Subject: He Was A Friend OF Mine
Subject: best baby blue ever!?!
whole show is a trip. if you want to be taken on a voyage back to oregon in 69, dripping w/vibes...DL and relax. your in for a helluva ride.
my fav is the resolution of the show...jerry is so into the baby blue that he's fishin' for the lyrics at the end , and i think he repeats a verse consciously, just cause he's feelin' it so much he doesn't want to quit.
then after the 'bid you goodnight' the trippy vibes are so hardcore that jerry says "that's your groove-" as the heads keep clappin' the beat needing something to keep it goin'.
Then to top it off someone kills the vibe by grabbin' the mic and sayin the band didnt break even 'cause of all the kids sneakin' in , and asks for donations to cover the $300 they were short!--classic!!...must have in my book.--slim.
Subject: Listening to every He Was A Friend Of Mine
Subject: THERYE HIGH ON GREEN GREEN GRASS
Subject: acid eugene
Subject: THIS IS IT